News: Nicki Minaj Gives Inside Scoop On Debut Production, "I Don't Want To Say Too Much"

Saturday, Jul 24, 2010 6:36PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Young Money's Nicki Minaj has given fans more reasons to become excited over her upcoming solo album by revealing some inside production details.

Nicki has revealed Black Eyed Peas' hitmaker Will.i.am is attached to the as-of-yet titled debut.

"I don't want to say too much, but I just did some work with will.i.am," Minaj said in an interview. "Just something for my album that I'm really excited about. The album is much more emotional than you anticipate, which is a great thing. And I know women are gonna connect to the album so much. I felt like for so many years I was the girl who did the catchy little raps, and it's time for me now to tell my story, and in telling my story, I'm really telling every girl's story. We all go through the same thing. So the album is gonna feel very personal to every female." (Entertainment Weekly)

Producer Swizz Beatz recently confirmed his involvement on the album.

"There's no blockage in what we can do on the creative tip. It's a blank canvas. We respect each other. I respect her, she respects me, and she trusts my judgment. We have a lot of small conversations that end up [turning] into big musical moments. When you hear Nicki on my track, you're gonna see that 'Wow, she just went from here to there.' I'm happy to be a part of that...As far as Nicki, she's an amazing write. She wrote her own choruses, and she's doing some amazing things on the choruses. The third song, the last song [we recorded together], is the only song I did the chorus on, and she might even switch that...I'm not really trying to be on every chorus like that no more." (MTV)

Last spring, Minaj hinted at linking with Grammy-winning producer/rapper Kanye West for the LP.

"I'm probably definitely going to work with Kanye," she revealed in an interview. "On my debut, I worked with Sean Garrett. And probably Swizz Beatz, he's gonna send me something. I like to work with unknown producers as well, so I accept beats from everybody." (Rap-Up)

The animated rapper's debut will hit stores in late November.

Barbie fans across the world can rejoice. Nicki Minaj's as-yet-untitled debut album will officially hit stores on November 23. The news comes just four days after the Jamaica, Queens rapper took to her twitter account to alert fans about the special day. "Yes. It's time. November 23rd," she wrote last Thursday afternoon. At the time, XXLMag.com spoke to reps for her label at Young Money/Cash Money, and they couldn't confirm the date. But today, they informed us that the date is indeed set in stone. (XXL Mag)

Nicki Minaj's debut album is set to drop Tuesday, November 23rd.

Check out Nicki Minaj speaking on her upcoming debut album below:

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